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An Interesting Quote

Mar-13-2002 at 07:54 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Shlama Akhay,

"(I see) no reason to desert the opinion which has obtained the sanction of the most competent scholars, that the formation of the Peshitta Syriac was to be fixed within the first half of the 2nd century. The very obscurity which hangs over its origin is proof of its venerable age, because it shows that it grew up spontaneously among Christian congregations ... Had it been a work of later date, of the 3rd or 4th century, it is scarcely possible that its history should be so uncertain as it is." (Westcott (of Westcott-Hort fame), in his book on the N.T. Canon (1855, pp. 264-5))

At least the man was somewhat honest.

His fixing it to the "first half of the 2nd Century" is, of course, purely speculative. There is nothing in any tradition that claims any knowledge of the Aramaic being a translation from any Greek source. Surely those who used and preserved the Peshitta, with no variance in any of the manuscripts, don't know of any such event.

It's annoyingly amusing to have these guys come along almost 2000 years later and dictate what the textual tradition of something they had nothing to do with must have been.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
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» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
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